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Watch: NRL star proposes to his girlfriend after a dramatic Grand Final

Today, Penrith ended an 18-year wait for Premiership glory.

For years, the Panthers have been developing the game’s next stars with the promise that it would eventually lead to a Grand Final win, a first since 2003.

Slowly but surely, Penrith edged closer and closer to the title continuing to trust in youth rather than panicking and spending big money. They even let go of serial winner James Maloney to put their faith totally into the hands of Nathan Cleary who stepped up today.

His kicking proved decisive as the Panthers built pressure and his 100% goal kicking accuracy on the biggest stage helped re-write the wrongs of last year as the Panthers beat South Sydney 14-12 in a superb Grand Final.

Cleary wasn’t the only Penrith youth product to step up on the biggest stage. Brian To’o was magnificent on the left wing. His barnstorming runs constantly stretching and testing the South Sydney defence. He was unlucky not to score.

His kick chases were full of energy too and helped trap the Rabbitohs in their own end which was the story of the game as the Panthers stuck to their game plan to tire Souths out and claim the Premiership crown.

For most, winning a Grand Final is the peak. Your day is unlikely to get better after claiming the NRL title, but somehow To’o’s day did get better.

He made the bold decision to propose to his girlfriend after the game and Nine were able to capture the strange yet beautiful moment.

Fortunately for To’o, who proposed with blood streaming down his face after a brutal affair, she said yes not sullying his first Premiership win. Goodness knows what would’ve happened if she’d have said no.

It also has to be wondered what would’ve happened had Penrith lost. Would he have gone through with the plan or would it have become a more private affair?

To’o, fortunately, won’t ever know the answers to these questions and instead enjoyed what must be the best day of his life.

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